Allowing messes is exactly what Maddie needs. She needs to feel her food with her fingers so she will know what the texture feels like when she puts it in her mouth. She needs to pick her own strawberries and if some of the juices run down her little chin and onto her dress because she's put so many in her mouth, she's learning where our food comes from, how tasty strawberries are, and exactly how many will fit in her mouth!
We also made play dough yesterday. We began with three beautiful spring colors that looked like this...
Did anyone ever tell you not to mix the colors? I remember being told that too!
But I consider this imperfectly perfect. Maddie is learning what happens when we mix colors...the tones change a little, and maybe she finds that more interesting and pretty! She's learning how to create and be her own individual.
We had lots of fun with sticks...notice the play dough remnants in her finger? Imperfectly perfect.
We also had TONS of fun with our ball...nothing imperfect about that grin and giggle!!